Computed tomography (CT) screening for heart disease saves lives by identifying patients who are at risk of developing heart disease often before they develop any symptoms. Find out more.
What is CT?
A computed tomography (CT) scan combines x-rays and computer technology to produce comprehensive, cross-sectional images of parts of the body. Through a non-invasive and simple imaging procedure, CT scans deliver crucial diagnostic information to healthcare practitioners.
CT has become an important diagnostic and screening tool since the images have much more detail than regular x-rays. This means MIC radiologists can zero-in on potential areas of concern.
MIC offers the following CT scans:
- Diagnostic scans on the head, chest, abdomen, pelvis, spine, joints and bones.
- Health assessment exams for colorectal cancer, lung cancer and heart disease.
All CT exams at MIC use an advanced CT scanner to ensure our patients receive high quality exams with minimal radiation exposure.
We perform CT exams on a patient-pay basis and appointments are usually available within 3 business days. A referral from your healthcare practitioner is required and our radiologists will provide your practitioner with a complete report, usually within 24 hours.
Is there a cost?
Yes. CT exams at MIC clinics are not covered by Alberta Health Care and are offered as a patient-pay service. Some extended health benefit programs or health spending accounts may include these as eligible costs. It is up to you to pay for the exam and then submit any claims for reimbursement.
The cost for diagnostic CT exams is:
$750 Chest / Abdomen
$575 Abdomen / Pelvis
$975 Chest, Abdomen & Pelvis
$400 Joints / Bones
Contrast material is included
The cost for health assessment exams is:
$475 CT Cardiac Calcium Score
$475 Lung Cancer Screening
$675 Virtual Colonoscopy
$975 Coronary CT Angiography (CCTA)
What to expect
- You should wear comfortable clothing and depending on your exam, you may be asked to change into a gown.
- You will be asked to lie on an examination bed and the technologist will ensure you are in the correct position for your scan.
- Since each of our CT health assessment exams has a different set of preparation instructions, the links below will give you more detailed information.
- An MIC radiologist will analyze the images and send a detailed report to the practitioner who referred you for the exam. Your practitioner will discuss the results with you.